The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using herbals to increase the activity of antibiotics

    Resistance to antibiotics by bacteria is on the rise, both in the hospital and in the community. Could it be that herbals might increase the effectiveness of antibiotics?

    This lab study suggests it’s possible.
    The aim was to look for synergism between several antimicrobial drugs and 8 plant extracts.

    The antimicrobial activity of ampicillin, cefoxitin, cephalothin, chloramphenicol, cotrimoxazole, erythromycin, gentamicin, netilmicin, ofloxacin, tetracycline, and vancomycin was measured in the laboratory against S. aureus bacteria.

    Extracts of plants tested included M. glomerata (guaco), P. guajava (guava), B. trimera (carqueja), M. piperita (peppermint), C. citrates (lemongrass), A. sativum (garlic), S. aromaticum (clove), and Z. officinale (ginger).

    The antibiotic, tetracycline showed synergism with all the extracts, followed by chloramphenicol and netilmicim. The synergistic capacity was promising for the extracts of S. aromaticum, C. citrates, and P. guajava.

    Yes, these are preliminary findings. But could the answer (or at least part of the answer) to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance be found in the extracts of herbal plants?

    1/17/07 21:37 JR

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